best trout fishing lures of all time

Best Trout Fishing Lures Ever! [UPDATE for 2021]

Your here because you wanted to know what the best trout fishing lures ever are. Well, you’ve definitely come to the right spot. I’ve been trout fishing my entire life in lakes, rivers, and streams.

I have done some research and come up with what I believe are the best trout fishing lures ever.

Before breaking right off and hitting the list, lets first talk about the various types of trout fishing lures you will find on it as well as how to use them.

If you need help figuring out where to use these lures on your body of water, give Trout Fishing for Beginners: How To Fish For Trout a read.

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Types of Trout Fishing Lures

Going through this list you will find some familiar faces. Some of these I have talked about previously in my article, 5 Killer Trout Lures That Crush Fish.

Because this is a new list for a different purpose I will mention a few of these again.

We will once again have some trout spinners, minnow style baits, rubber/scented trout bait, as well as some spoons.

What Are Trout Spinners

Fishing trout spinners has been around for a long time and the concept has not changed much either.

You have an eyelet attached to some sort of wire frame.

The three main components of a trout spinner are the blade, the body, and the hook.

All the trout fishing lure competitors do is add variations the these elements.

Change the blade on the trout spinner and you will get more or less vibration due to water displacement.

You can change the hooks out on the trout fishing spinners and add a red hook or some buck tail hair.

What Are Trout Spoons

Another popular trout fishing lure that has been around since before I started fishing 30 years ago is the spoon.

Spoons come in all different sized and shapes but once again the concept is the same. They imitate other fish by moving erratically in the water based on the size and shape of the spoon.

Trout fishing spoons come in all sizes and colors. Some spoons are even bent to add more movement to the lure.

The most popular and well known is the kastmaster spoons which we will cover in a moment.

Minnow Trout Lures

Minnow lures are exactly how they sound. They have the shape of a fish with different paint schemes to mimic different species of fish.

Some manufactures add lips to the face of these baits in order to get water column depth on retrieves.

Depending on the brand or style you may also see some of these minnows style trout lures with rattles.

The rattle is intended to mimic the sound of bait fish. They achieve this by adding bee bee’s, ball bearing, or plastic balls to the inside of the bait.

Minnow lures have variety in that some of them float, some suspend, and some sink.

Depending on the style of fishing you are doing will dictate the style minnow you use.

Best Trout Lure Colors

When it come to the best trout fishing lure colors for fishing it varies tremendously.

Factors such as species of trout, foliage, type of water, and more come into play.

As a basic rule of thumb it is safe to stay with natural fish colors.

These colors will consist of silver, gold, pink, greens, reds, some blue, and yellow just to name a few.

There are instances where fluorescent colors are preferred. Colors such as fluorescent yellow and pink.

18 Best Trout Fishing Lures 2021

Without further delay lets get into our list of the 18 best trout fishing lures for 2021. These lures were selected based on the above mentioned criteria as well as their ability to catch fish.

These are my top picks in no particular order.

1. TRUSCEND Minnow Jerkbait

truscend trout fishing lure

The TRUSCEND minnow jerkbait has rechargeable LED technology that allows the bait to flash and vibrate.

Designed to attract fish from up to 7 feet away. Equipped with three lazer sharp Mustad hooks and available in 5 different colors.

This bait is new to the market and they have something to prove.

2. Panther Martin Spinners

panther martin trout lure

One proven producer that doesn’t need to prove anything at all is the Panther Martin trout spinner.

These spinner are in most trout tackle boxes around the county. Simply cast these spinners as far as you can and begin your retrieve.

TIP: vary you retrieve speeds in order to try and entice a strike. As long as the blade is spinning your doing it right. Panther Martins also come in a variety pack as well. Click HERE for variety pack.

3. SUNMILE Trout Spoon

spoon trout fishing lure

The first trout fishing spoon on the list is the SUNSMILE fishing spoon.

This spoon has a concave metal blade and comes in a 4 piece kit. They have very good color schemes and are available in 3 sizes.

Cast these spoons out from shore and give them a steady retrieve. The concave blade will allow for a nice wobble through the water.

4. Rapala Jointed Minnow

minnow trout fishing lures

The Traditional Rapala Jointed Minnow has been providing anglers with success for decades.

The jointed body gives the lure a very nice natural wobble that trout find irresistible.

The weight of these allow for very long casts. The bait suspends at whatever depth you decide to pause at.

5. Peetz Hammer Fishing Spoon

spoon trout fishing lure

Now I have to say if you like to troll for trout this lure just may be your new secret weapon.

Made of polished stainless steel this spoon has some very realistic action. Its equipped with a single sharp hook and a Mylar strip for color.

This trout lure is available is three different weights and 5 different colors.

6. Berkley Powerbait Floating Mouse Tail

mouce tail trout bait

Some might argue that these Powerbait Mouse Tails are not fishing lures. I guess that judgement is up to you.

For me, its all about how you fish them. I like to cast out these mice tails and slowly jig them back to shore or the boat.

I have had some great success with these little things. They come 13 to a pack and have a natural scent.

7. Blue Fox Vibrax

blue fox trout fishing lure

The action of these trout spinners are legendary. Whats unique about Blue Fox trout fishing spinner is the brass gear that’s on the shaft of the bait.

It spins freely and adds vibration during your retrieve. Available in multiple sizes and 5 standard colors.

These baits work well form shore as well as from a boat. You can even troll these lures if you wish.

8. Luhr Jensen Flat Fish

luhr Jensen flat fish

The Luhr Jensen diving plug was designed for trout, steel-head, and salmon.

I have actually done well catching bluegill with these lures as well. Available in many different lengths and about 10 colors.

These little killers are kind of on the light side so casting may be difficult.

I like to add 1 or 2 split shot inline about 2 feet up from the lure. The design of this bait makes it dive and wobble like no other trout fishing lure on this list.

9. Mepps Aglia Trout Spinner

trout fishing spinner

The Mepps Aglia dressed spinner is another one of these trout lures that really needs no introduction.

These spinners have been around for a long time and are a cornerstone in the trout lure market.

The Mepps Aglia is available dressed or undressed, 2 different sizes, and countless colors. The materials are quality here so you don’t have to worry about your hooks rusting out.

These are available in Kits as well. Click HERE to see the Mepps Aglia Kits.

10. Rapala X-Rap Minnow

trout fishing lure

The Rapala X-Rap Jerkbait is a minnow shaped trout lure with some attitude.

Give this bait a strong twitching retrieve and it provides a injured bait fish action.

Trout are predators and they are not going to pass on an opportunity like the Rapala X-Rap.

These are available in varying length and over 10 colors.

11. ACME Cast Master

trout fishing spoon

The ACME Cast Master trout fishing lure is machined out of solid brass.

This gives it a heavy attribute that allows you to cast these babies a country mile.

Simply cast these out as far as you can, let them sink a second, and begin your retrieve.

The trout lures are available in so many different sizes and colors.

12. Rapala Original Floater

rapala original floater fishing lure

The Rapala Original Floater trout fishing lure is similar to the previously mentioned Rapala minnows.

The difference with this minnow is that it floats. It has a balsa wood body that is very buoyant.

These are equipped with VMC black nickel hooks sure to sink into a trouts lips. Available in a multitude of sizes and 13 colors.

13. KingFo Spinner Baits

trout fishinglure kit

The KINGFO spinner bait trout kit is a new one for me. The appealing thing about these spinners is the neon highlights it ads to its spinners.

Admittedly I have not tried these baits I do intend to in 2019.

14. Blue Fox Minnow Spin

minnow spin fishing lure

Believe it or not my biggest trout I have ever caught has come off of this Blue Fox Minnow Spin lure.

Sometimes we are just in the right spot at the right time….or is this trout fishing lure that good?

A weighted body and small blade mounted in front of it, this spinner minnow looks pretty good in the water.

Available in 4 sizes and 5 colors.

15. Cotton Cordell Wally Stinger

trout fishing lure

The only Cotton Cordell on my list of “Best Trout Fishing Lures”, it should not be underestimated.

The Wally Stinger lure comes in 3 different sizes and running depths.

Originally designed for wally I have had some success fishing these lures for trout as well. They can be cast form shore or trolled behind a boat.

16. Rapala Countdown Minnow

rapala fishing lure

The fourth and final Rapala trout fishing lure to make the list is as tried and true as any of them.

Consistently reach suspended fish at any depth with the Count Down method.

The controlled depth technique was introduced to the world with this lure, and to this day is the standard by which all others are measured.

Whether the fish are suspending at certain depths near the weed tops or on bottom structure, the Count Down Lure can get you to them over and over.

17. Yakima Rooster Tail

trout spinner fishing lure

Yakima spinner are Wordons original Rooster Tail. These baits may be the most recognizable among semi avid fisherman.

Developed in the 1950’s by Howard Worden, the Worden’s Rooster Tail is one of the most productive lures ever invented.

These are available in multi- packs as well. Click HERE to see the multi-pack.

18. ACME Phoebe Spinning Lure

trout fishing lure

The Final lure on our list of Best Trout Fishing Lures 2019 is the ACME Phoebe spinning Lure.

Not typically known for its large trout catching ability it is know for producing great number of trout.

Its bent framework makes this lure a great choice for fishing shallow.

It also has a very erratic movement in the water that even I catch myself starring at on the retrieve.

18 best trout lures

Conclusion – Best Trout Fishing Lures Ever

WHEW!!! Well there you have it.

I know it was a long list but I felt it was important to name all the key players.

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